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8-bit Minuteman Game made by Veidt? Want to plunk a quarter in?

Published at: Feb. 12, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... Ok... I admit it. I am so incredibly giddy in love with this movie and the marketing that even though at this point, just 13 days away from seeing it (Yes, I'm a lucky bastard) - I just can't stop getting hyped up for it. I have all the books. I watch every second of footage I can find online... and now... Michael Bay's employee over at Collider.com sends me over an email pointing me in the direction of an 8-Bit 80s style scrolling punch, kick and jump game where you can play as two characters... and HOLY FUCK COOL, I can't stop playing it. TOO COOL. Way too cool. Can you get the High Score? Click here To Plunk Your Quarters In And Play!!!

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  • Feb. 12, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    The Watchmen?

    by Horace Cox

    Never heard of it.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    needs more blood and violence

    by Horace Cox

    You should be able to fuck cats up with a lead pipe or broken bottles or something.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:06 a.m. CST

    God that's fuckin cool

    by robotdevil

    I can't wait for this damn movie.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Brilliant! A little advanced for 77 though!

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Pretty neat but got bored

    by BurgerKing

    Reminded me of the old TMNT games. Good job.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST

    I'd rather play this

    by initiativeDW

    Than the crappy prequel game they are coming out with...

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    FUCK MICHAEL BAY

    by Mr.Twist

    fuck michael bay

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Capcom gonna sue somebody!

    by TheMcflyFarm

    yea that was Final Fight except shittier.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Uhm,,yeaaaa

    by Cagliostro

    Fun for a second.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    "I have all the books"

    by CorpseRide

    Oh, I'm sure.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    This city is afraid of me. I've seen it's true face.

    by Lashlarue

    I have never been so excited for a movie in my life.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Mr Nicholas....comic came out in 86

    by bacci40

    comic takes place in 85...a world where electric cars, and i suppose advance pc's are available, thanks to the doc

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST

    hey harry...do you ever fuck your bride?

    by bacci40

    get the fuck off the computer and give daddy geek some grandkids....you fucking slacker

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    OMG! I'm a fucking NES NERD!

    by Rodo

    This took me back to BAD DUDES and Double Dragon, and the later 16-bit FINAL FIGHT. The shit!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST

    reminds me of STREETS OF RAGE

    by foreverguardian

    That's awesome :) Brought back all kinds of memories from a better age of video games ;)

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Complete with objects you can break for no reason.

    by caerlas

    Very cool marketing idea. It was missing a comic book stand and a kid reading though.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    leave it to veidt...you get no score

    by bacci40

    and i wanna be the squid

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    You do get a score

    by xevoid

    its at the upper left above the health bar. You can't see very well, which is why you died quickly and your score was 010 or something.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Best Game since SNES

    by Power_Girl

    I would still play games if they were all 2D. There is a market for new 2D games. 2D a is not out dated it's its own genera.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    BEST VIRAL EVER!!!

    by alucardvsdracula

    Just like going back to 1985, or actually 1988 when the sideway scrolling beat em ups were at their peak. Although, technically, Kung Fu Master paved the way back in 1984 for games like Renegade (1986), Double Dragon (1987), Vigilante (1988), Bad Dudes (1988), Final Fight (1989) and finally Streets of Rage (which this it pretty much lifted from) in (1991). And by the way Streets of Rage was a 16-Bit game. So there. Oh shit I feel reeeeel olllld.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Mr Nicholas it's NOT 1977, but 1985.

    by alucardvsdracula

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:58 a.m. CST

    OOps, you were right it IS 1977, however...

    by alucardvsdracula

    Although at first glance that does seem silly - we are in fact talking about an alternate universe were technology is way advanced than the real 1977 (or 85)then this makes sense, if you know the Watchmen universe that is. Either that or whoever put this together is just plain stupid - or fucking clever.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Silk Spectre sure loves to break rubbish bins.

    by Dingbatty

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:41 a.m. CST

    It is advanced for '77 due to Dr Manhattan

    by ricarleite

    He probably developed electronics at a further stage than previously possible.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Fuck you Harry

    by Massawyrm 1

    There goes any productivity for tonight. God damnit. I'm gonna be playing this shit till dawn trying to get a high score...

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST

    The Squid Boss at the end is teh AWESOME!!!

    by Det. John Kimble

    <snark>

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    God, I love this ...

    by MorpheusTheSandman

    No matter how the movie turns out, the stuff around it is brilliant.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Oh and ...

    by MorpheusTheSandman

    I am feeling old ... Morph

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST

    I don't know if this has turned up online yet, but...

    by Righteous Brother

    There's a movie tie-in book out called Watchmen Portraits or something like that. And it features loads of portraits of all the cast and extras and the like, and there's a full page picture of Rorschach aka Walter Kovacs without his mask on - I haven't seen the picture anywhere online yet. He looks good, very similar to the comic character.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Yes, CorpseRide, all the books

    by Frisco

    I have them too. You do know that Watchmen was published as a twelve-issue series, right? The DC Heroes pencil-and-paper RPG had a released a couple of Watchmen-themed supplements back around that time too, and of course they contained material that wasn't in the original comics--and written by Alan Moore too, iirc. So yeah: books. Plural.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Nice game

    by photoboy

    Although I'd say graphically and sonically it's 16-bit rather than 8-bit, in terms of gameplay it's clearly 8-bit (especially they way there's a jump button with no real use except to jump over Moloch's knives).

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Just want to correct you...

    by Ian Holm's milky ass sweat

    It's rather a 16 Bit Game. Yeah, I'm a nitpicking prick. Sue me.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST

    damn, Photboy you beat me.

    by Ian Holm's milky ass sweat

    so close....

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Hot damn, I'm #5 now with 37,446

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Gotta find ways to get more points!!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:21 a.m. CST

    In the words of the AVGN...

    by Mr. P. Lant

    WHAT A FUCKLOAD OF SHIT! THIS GAME IS LIKE DRINKING PUKE FRESH OUTTA A SHITTY ASSHOLE! I'D RATHER HAVE A DOG STICK ITS BALLS IN MY MOUTH THEN PLAY THIS SHITTY GAME EVER AGAIN!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:33 a.m. CST

    final cut highlights

    by bacci40

    1. No Black Freighter, although we do catch glimpses of the newsstand and the kid who reads the comic, but only briefly. 2. The ending is different, no squid. I was one of the people who never really cared about squid/no squid, but I feel the ending will work better for mainstream audiences that have never read the book. 3. They do not imply a sequel anymore than the book does... 4. The montage covering the heroes of the past is done exceptionally well, and was longer than I expected. Allows the audience to understand that this is an alternate version of the past and everything they know should be thrown out the window. 5. It is dark, but not the stark realism that fills the Dark Knight. The Watchmen reality is a little more surreal in its feel, like a dream. It really has the feel of the comic in it. 6. Look for the cameo by Snyder's son. He also played young Leonidas in 300. 7. It was fantastically close to the book; even the framings of shots were lifted directly from the book. 8. Jackie Earl Halley is the shit in this. He IS Rorschach. 9. This movie is gory. I'm a gore hound and I was surprised at how graphic some scenes were. Really had people squirming. 10. NAKED Sally Jupiter. (CORRECTION NAKED Silk Spectre) 11. Only character I didn't like was Veidt/Ozymandias. I thought the actor was weak. I have to say Snyder knocked this one out of the park. There is some gruesome, brutal stuff here that is hard to watch. The fight scenes are awesome, and, like in 300, Snyder continues the use of ramping the frame rate to accentuate the movements of the characters. I knew there was going to be some slo-mo, but I didn't think he overdid it. All in all, fans of the book are going to more than pleased with the film. For a book that was for years considered un-filmable, he certainly managed to hit almost every beat and did not compromise any of the material (except for the squid). So there you have it folks, breaking news once again brought to you by yours truly. I cannot wait for the films release; it will definitely up the ante for comic book adaptations in the future.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST

    doh...i forgot page breaks

    by bacci40

    http://tinyurl.com/blf73r

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    This reminds me of the.....

    by Randall_Flagg

    Of the old Robocop game from the late '80's. This has to be the best marketing campaign ever devised. I only got 218th... I am now going to have small boys coming up to me in the street and calling me gay. Have to find a way to get more points.....

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:56 a.m. CST

    No Stinkoman? Damn.

    by Kevin Holsinger

    Anyway, I love how Sally's kicks are about crotch-high. Now I know where her daughter's fighting style came from.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Not terribly well done.

    by eggart

    Every fucking trashcan and mailbox is an obstacle you have to walk around, no running, and you can't move or kick while jumping. Boo.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Frisco, you dolt.

    by CorpseRide

    You kinda missed the point there.<p>Actually I assumed he was talking about the Art Of The Film books and so forth.<p>The point is, of course he has all them. The studios know to send him all that stuff by now.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    how can anyone not think this was cool...

    by RockLobster800

    I mean its part of a viral marketing campaign, not an actual game your supposed to be judging people!and for one thing its a game thats supposed to have originated in 1977, so Im not surprised its not the "best game in the world"-its not supposed to be awe-inspiringly awesome, its just a cool fun idea for marketing...and its got me hyped. Nice job.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST

    It's not cool

    by eggart

    because it's not fun.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    I want to eat that hamburger.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Mmm...

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    that was about as fun

    by funnyhat

    as eating glass. totally ties in to the movie, but if this was supposed to be a 1985 video game, there was much better stuff in arcades than this. it played like a crappy port to a home console from arcade.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    The movie takes place in 1985!

    by Orionsangels

    Final Fight came out that year, which this game is paying tribute too.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Okay I was a little off

    by Orionsangels

    Final Fight is from 89. Double Dragon, the video game was released in 1987. It is an alternate universe though, like some of you mentioned.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Adam West as Hollis Mason

    by Fuck The Napkin

    The graphics aren't quite detailed enough for me to tell for sure, but that looked like Adam West as Hollis Mason in the game. Glad they found a role for him somewhere.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Man, I hate games that only let you jump vertically...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...moving forward while you jump is ABSOLUTELY necessary for any fighting game. I won't play it.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    bacci40

    by knowthyself

    How'd you get to see it so soon?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Fucking Genius

    by Slippy

    The arcade game is a fantastic idea to go along with the movie. The idea is cool as hell. However, it won’t be fucking our eyes in 2009 like the Fallen’s giant moosecock!!!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    knowthyself...

    by argonaught

    Click the link that bacci provided. It will explain everything.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    by argonaught

    Could be a plant though.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    that's not 8-bit boss

    by Stormshadow4life

    ....

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    worst game ever

    by Stugart

    honestly

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Nice

    by Stile

    Loved the intentional misspelling of Moloch as Molloch. Nice nod to 80s videogame Engrish.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Der ner neeer ner ner ner

    by proper

    ner,ner,ner,nerrrrr..I liked the music on that game,very nice.Saying that when I died at the knife boss I continued and I couldn't move,Viedt owes me 10peeeeeee,ah a simple diversion,the only people who take this seriously are the ones who are self-conscious because they wern't there in the first place ;>......I was a bit thrown by the 1977 but I put it down to the advances that Viedt and Manhatten had made in their dimension,it's all true you know.alucardvsdracula = You know it,golden age for that kind of game,I like the fact that the youth are pillaging the Computer tunes of that era for their music now,We Were right lol...Power_Girl=Get A DS,2-D is represented there,I love some Castlevania to this day....

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    That shits not 8bit!

    by connor187

    My Sega Megadrive (Genisis for you yanks) had better graphics....It fuckin did! I know it did! And I will have words with any nerd that thinks otherwise!..........God I really hope it did.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Fuck in hell!

    by connor187

    I just realized that the Megadrive/Genisis was a 16-bit machine, not 8-bit.....What a stupid twat I turned out to be!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Cool! Streets of Rage !

    by FILMFUNK

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Nite Owl uses his "left hook" in the game.

    by Lashlarue

    SWEET!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    RighteousBrother

    by TheBlackKnight

    There was an AICN article about those books and links to pictures of the pages themselves.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Massawyrm's "productivity"

    by ArcadianDS

    I envision lots of half painted lead soldiers and untrimmed pot in plastic bags.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by bacci40

    i know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows another guy, who used to date malin<p> not really...i didnt see it, this was posted on latino review, who apparently has more juice than aicn

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    The President has been kidnapped...

    by SpawnofAchilles

    by ninjas...<p> Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Before the "Watchmen"...

    by Rupee88

    They are still saying this is the name of the superhero team...well I guess the stupid people need to have their hands held and everything overexplained to them (even wrong) to get their asses in the seats. Cool game though...brings back some good memories from years ago.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I'VE EVER MADE

    by AdrianVeidt

    You are all welcome for this.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I can only get them to HOP and kick.

    by eggart

    What a half-hearted piece of dung.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Made With A Veidt Coffee Maker...

    by ericinwisconsin

    ...and a giant squid. <br /><br /> I remember this game on the NES system that came out in 1976 here on good ol' Alternate Earth. BTW, we have time travel here now. What about you biyatches??

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit

    by The Eskimo

    It's not working :{

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Dammit! Help please...

    by The Eskimo

    ...Silk Spectre says "Let's go!" and then they just stand there blinking at me. Nothing happens. I don't have speakers on this CPU...does it give some sort of instructions? It's not frozen up...I want to play, please advise!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Eskimo...

    by ericinwisconsin

    ...Click where it says "Play Game".

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Or maybe this is some fucked up joke...

    by The Eskimo

    ...that all of you are in on and I'm the only douche to fall for it and you're all sitting in the AICN office laughing at me. STOP LAUGHING AT ME!

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4 p.m. CST

    Play Game, right. Thanks.

    by The Eskimo

    Obviously it is just my peice of shit computer that is the problem.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    It's Your Computer, Eskimo...

    by ericinwisconsin

    ...Try a good operating system, like Veidt-nix...

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I've really got to upgrade this Commodore 64

    by The Eskimo

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 5:29 p.m. CST

    It's Advanced ('77) because its VEIDT!

    by Oknight

    The smartest man in the world didn't just get the patent to the spark hydrants-- he knows what's going to happen in advance

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Not working for me

    by Toonol

    on either of my machines. I'll assume it's just the load, and try later.

  • Feb. 12, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    no jump kick = fail

    by firehawk_thexder

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Harryyyyy!!! You Ingloriously Lucky Basterd

    by onezeroone

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Kicking fire hydrant= Health boost? What?

    by George Newman

    you break the obstacles and get health boosts. <p> Yeah, I wish I could jump kick forward.

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Power_Girl!! a great current gen 2D game...

    by onezeroone

    Street Fighter IV comes out next week. Though may look like 3D at first glance, it's still the same old 2D street fighter. The character models are no longer 2D sprites, but all the action is 2D. <p>Check it out.

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST

    and it is a 16bit game because...

    by onezeroone

    I don't remember being able to move up or down in most of the 8-bit sidescrollers. Am I missing something? any classic gamerfan care to refresh my memory cells?

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    The Intellivision console was 16-bit

    by Dingbatty

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty, don't say that, people never understand.

    by ricarleite

    "The Intellevision was 16-bits" - "But.. it was like an Atari! Those were, like, 4 bits or something." - And then I sigh deeply and go back to my lone tower of isolation, being part of the 0.0001% of the world that has a brain.

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    high scores?

    by wcme

    So, how are you getting 40,000+ points?! I am around 23,000ish and have kicked and punched everything. Secret areas or what?

  • Feb. 13, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    tied for 250th w/ ASS and CAM

    by Eats_sandwich_gets_laid.

    just like the good ol' days.

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 2:04 a.m. CST

    pretty fucking cool but....

    by The Amazing G

    video game game graphics weren't quite that advanced in 1985 (but of course this is supposed to be an ALTERNATE history)

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    How the hell did they score so high?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Played through twice. Took down every enemy and smashed every obstacle without losing life. For some reason, I can't get anywhere as near a high score as others clearly did. There must be a multiplier somewhere that I keep missing. Anyone know what's up?

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST

    onezeroone, Superman on Atari 2600

    by Immortal_Fish

    It was a sidescroller and you could "walk" upward and down on the streets as well as move left and right.<P>What a great, great game that was. Really pushed the engine. The sprites blinked like a bitch, though.

  • Feb. 14, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    High scores - SPOILER

    by Immortal_Fish

    Just played thru again. I think I may have figured it out. Man, I feel like a dunce.<P>When you reach Moloch, stay as far "down" on the screen as you can (in the foreground). Moloch continues to throw knives, but he can't get to the same plane as your character. Then it's just a matter of defeating the enemies that spawn from left-of-screen.